Best places to Visit in Goa
Goa has its tradition, culture, and architectural glory lurking at every corner of the state being the hottest spot for international tourists. Goa in the evening will remind you of the downtown in Chicago and the Las Vegas with its sparking lights and overcrowding streets. Beauty with bashes of nature is a combination to liven your vacation spirit. The 5 star resorts are mostly in South Goa. The beaches are good everywhere.Goa is an ideal destination where you’ll find the perfect blend of modern and traditional aspects of life. On one side you have the natural landscapes whereas the other side is dotted with plush beaches.
Some of the best places to visit in Goa are:
Boca De Vaca Spring
British Cemetery in Goa
Calizz – The heart of Goa
Carambolim Lake in Goa
Goa State Museum
Alorna fort :
The Alorna fort is situated in the Village of Alorna located about 30 km from Mapusa on the banks of the river Chapora as it flows peacefully towards Colvale. The fort had four guns and in the year 1746, the fort was captured by Marquis of Castello Novo.In 1781, the fort was again captured by Dom Frederico Guilherme de Souza. It was used to defend against the Maratha attacks from the north.
Banastarim is also known for the Meta Bridge is an important link to the Tiswadi and Ponda taluka as well as to the Mandovi River. There are three temples in the area as the Village shares a large Hindu population. However the village is mainly known for its market which starts filling from Thursday evening and get full by Friday morning every week.
The Budbudyanchi Tali or the tank of bubbles is well known in Goa as here one can see continuous bubbles rising up to the surface at different spots.Bomadyanchi Talli is located in Netravali in the Sanguem taluka. It is a sacred tank of bubbles attached to the Gopinath temple and appears to be green and very clean. The bubbles at the Budbudyanchi Tali are known to strangely increase in intensity if one claps loudly. The tank in form of laterite masonary has a flight of steps all around leading to the sacred tank. A huge box-shaped laterite pedestal is located at the centre of the tank.
Churches in Goa :
The old architecture of the state is best reflected through its churches, chapels, and the basilicas. An important center for Christian pilgrimage, the churches carry the Portuguese legacy and are of great historical value. Today, many chapels are listed as World Heritage Sites
Museums in Goa :
Goa has two famous museums that are visited by considerable number of visitors every year. The Archeological Museum houses the paintings and portraits of Vasco Da Gama, the sailor who discovered the sea route to India among many other items of archeological importance. The other on is the Museum of Goa Daman and Diu, where you will find huge collections of antiquities and Portuguese items. There are also manuscripts, coins, and utensils on the display for the public.
The Goa State Museum located in the capital city of Panaji is a major crowd puller and pleaser. This museum visited by people from all over the world exhibits ancient artefacts and ancient treasures ranging from anthropological artefacts, coins, sculptures and ancient manuscripts. The museum houses over eight thousand items on display
Cabo De Rama :
Cabo De Rama is situated 16 km north of Agonda beach in the coast road at the south end of Colva Bay also known as The Cape of Rama. According to Hindus it is believed that Lord Rama stayed here during his exile from Ayodhya. It was used as a prison till 1955 after it was taken over by the British from 1792 to 1813. The main entrance has been restored and yellow washed but the fort now lies in ruins.
Lamgau caves :
Caves at Lamgau is a famous tourist spot. In this cave, there is a stone linga installed with a tulsi vrindavan and a small nandi Bull image in the simple courtyard. The temple is aptly surrounded by pipal trees.
Goa, an endearing holiday destination is a significant stop for foreigners visiting India. The real charm of this place lies in its Beaches. The beaches of Goa are an abode of adventure and sensuality. They are thronged by adventure tourists and honeymooners every year. Goa is known as the Beach capital of India
Some of the beaches in Goa include-
- Palolem Beach
- Mabor Beach
- Varca-Cavelossium Beach
- Colva – Benaulim Beach
- Dona Paula Beach
- Aguada Beach
- Calangute Beach
- Baga Beach
- Miramar Beach
- Agonda Beach
- Majorda Beach
- Vagator Beach
- Bagmalo Beach
- Anjuna Beach
- Arambol Beach
Goa has a large array of beautiful beaches and you may be confused on which one to visit. If your time is limited and you wish to visit a popular beach in Goa then head over to Baga Beach. Baga beach is the most sought after beaches in the whole of India. It attracts the most number of tourists as compared to any other beaches in Goa. This beach located near a fishing village has a picturesque view and great ambience.
Bom Jesus Basilica
Formally put out on public display in 1605, the Bom Jesus Basilica is one of the top tourist attractions in Goa. Also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the place where St. Francis Xavier’s body is kept and is a major pilgrimage site for Catholic Christians in India. Even if you are not a believer of Christianity, a visit to this place will leave you awe-struck with its breathtaking architecture.